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Full text of "Roll of honour, Parish of Scone"

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^Lo the J^lemory of the nr\er\ from tfve Parish 
of §cone, toho, to uphold Liberty arvc) Justice, 
laio - cknon their lives in the C^reat tOar, 1914-1919. 



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rS little -Book is a labour of love. Its purpose is to tell in simple 
fashion the story of the men from Scone, who, for hearth and home, 
and for things more precious emperilled in the great struggle of Might 
ag'ainst Right, stepped into the breach with their human bodies, and laid 
down their lives. Their names stand inscribed upon the monument erected 
at the entrance to the village by a grateful community. But it has been 
felt that, to man}", a fuller account would be welcome. To supply that 
fuller account is the object of this brochure. 

The Parish of Scone has had an honourable historv in the past. Nor 
has the lustre of its record been dimmed by the part which it played in the 
European War. It might be told of those, who, prevented from taking their 
place in the fighting line, threw themselves with untiring self-devotion into 
the manifold activities created by the crisis. It might be told of those who 
bravely watched and waited while their loved ones fought. It might be told 
of those who uncomplainingly bore the tidings of death from the battle-front. 
It might be told of those, who, at the first summons of war, leapt eagerly 
to the call. It might be told of those who have come back from these awful 
scenes of Armageddon, and, without asking that anything should be said, 
have quietly slipped into their old niche of duty. But here it is told of the 
unreturning dead. Never to be forgotten are the hardships and privations 
they endured, the sickness and wounds they suffered, and their last lone 
venture into the Great Beyond. For others it was. And these others well 
remember. 

D. L. B. 
Scone, 26th June, 1920. 



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FARRIER-SERGT. FREDERICK 
MARTIN ANDERSON, R.F.A. 



L.-CPL. JOHN ANDERSON, 
1st A. & S. HIGHLANDERS. 





Farrier - Sergt. Frederick Martin 
Anderson, Royal Field Artillery, 
met his death near Arras on 31st 
March, 1918. Martin Anderson was 
born at Invergowrie on December 
16th, 1SS9, but his parents settled 
in Scone, and Gowrie Cottage, 
Perth Road, was his widowed 
mother's home. He learned the 
blacksmith's trade and found a 
sphere in which to exercise his 
craft as an artilleryman in the 
regular army, which he joined in 
March, 1908. He crossed to Bel- 
gium with General Rawlinson's 
famous 7th Division which endeav- 
oured to save Antwerp. From then 
onwards he experienced continuous 
and heavy fighting until his death. 
Sergt. Anderson was survived by 
a widow, to whom came after 
his death the Meritorious Medal, 
a posthumous award granted to her 
husband. 



L.Cpl. John Anderson, 1st A. & S. 
Hdrs.. was born at Banchory, in 
the Parish of Coupar-Angus, on 9th 
March, 1883, and was educated at 
Scone Public School. In his early 
days he followed the plough, until 
in August, 1902, he enlisted in the 
Regular Army. He saw service 
first in the Boer War. On the out- 
break of the European War he re- 
enlisted, and was sent to France. 
Later he was transferred to Salon- 
ica. The hardships of his long 
campaigning undermined a natur- 
ally strong and robust constitution, 
and, on his last visit home, his 
friends noticed how much he had 
been debilitated by all that he had 
come through. He died on Dec, 
26, 1918, in hospital at Constantin- 
ople, of pnuemonia, and in Con- 
stantinople he is buried. He was 
married — to Elizabeth Reid, by 
whom, and a family of four young 
children, he is survived. 



PTE. ROBERT WM. ANDERSON 
M.T. A.S.C. 



GUNNER JAMES M'EWAN 
BROUGH BAILLIE, R.G.A. 




Private Robert W'm. Anderson, son 
of Mr and Mrs James A. Anderson, 
late of Scone Laundry, was born 
in the Parish of Tibbermore on 
1 6th February, 1897. At the out- 
break of war he was learning- motor 
engineering in Perth. He joined 
the army in August, 1914, and very 
shortly therafter proceeded to 
France. He was killed near Amiens 
on August 23rd, 1918, in the last 
desperate effort made by the 
Germans to g-et through to Paris. 
It is an interesting fact that in a 
letter to his minister from France, 
Private Anderson stated that in the 
event of his getting- home it was 
his intention to study for the 
ministry. He was not spared to 
realise this ideal. 

PTE. THOMAS ANDERSON, 
6th BLACK WATCH. 

Private Thomas Anderson, 6th 
Black Watch, grandson of the late 
George Anderson and Mrs Ander- 
son. Muir-of-Scone, was born at 
Sheriffton, on 12th December, 1894, 
and was educated at Scone Public 
School. He was afterwards em- 




Gunner James M'Ewan Brough 
Baillie, of the 35th Trench Mortar 
Howitzer Battery, R.G.A., was a 
native of Perth, where he was born 
on 15th September, 1886. By occu- 
pation a painter, he settled in Scone 
not long after his marriage. En- 
listing- in the R.G.A. in September, 
1915, he was not long in being sent 
to France. He met his death at 
Zillebeke on 7th June, 19 17. Gnr. 
Baillie was married ; and his death 
left a widow and two fatherless 
children in their home at Poplar 
Grove, Scone. 



ployed as a gardener at Scone 
Palace Gardens. He enlisted in the 
Black Watch in January, 191 5, and 
was trained at Bridge of Earn and 
Falkirk. He was sent to France 
with the 6th Black Watch in 1916. 
He was engaged in the first ad- 
vance which was made from Arras 
on April gth, 1917, and in the 
second advance with which this 
was followed up on April 23rd, 
1 g 1 7 , he met his death. 



PTE. JOHN BROWN BALDIE, 
6th BLACK WATCH. 



PTE. GEORGE COPLAND 
BARCLAY, 



A. & S. HIGHLANDERS. 





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Pte. John Brown Baldie, 6th Black 
Watch, was born at Maidenwells, 
Scone, on November 4th, i8go, and 
was educated at Scone Public 
School. He was married to Mary 
Auchterlonie and had two children, 
by all of whom he is survived. His 
occupation previous to enlistment 
was that of ploughman. He joined 
the 6th Black Watch in January, 
igi 5, and on May, 1915, proceeded 
to France. On September 25th, 
1Q15, while coming: off sentry duty 
at an advanced post, he was caught 
by an enemy sniper and instantan- 
eously killed. He is buried at 
Authuille British Cemetery on the 
River An ere. 



Pte. George Copland Barclay, 
born at Edinburgh, 15th August, 
1886, second son of Alexander 
Barclay, jeweller, and his wife, 
Williamina Copland ; educated at 
Royal High School ; was Secre- 
tary to a Limited Liability 
Company. Joined the Army Pay 
Corps in November, 1914, and was 
transferred to Argyll and Suther- 
land Highlanders in February, 
191 7. Was one month in France 
when he was severely wounded, and 
died of wounds in hospital at 
Rouen, 27th August, 1917. Left 
widows (Margaret Ann H. Lamb) 
and daughter and son, the latter 
born posthumously. 



PTE. GEORGE BELL, 8th BLACK CAPTAIN JOHN BRODIE BOYD, 

WATCH. R.A.M.C. 





Pte. George Bell, 8th Black Watch, 
only son of the late Mr William 
Bell, and Mrs Bell, Perth Road, 
Scone, was born at Rait Farm, Kil- 
spindie, on July 27th, i8g8. He 
was educated at Scone Public 
school. After leaving - school he was 
employed as a ploughman at Kin- 
nochtry and Newmains Farms. He 
joined the Army in May. iqiS, and 
proceeded to France in August, 
igi8. On August 24th, 1918, he 
was severely wounded in action. 
He was in hospital at Boulogne for 
3 months. Later he was in hos- 
pital at St Luke's, Halifax; Glen- 
wood. Southowram ; Perth ; and 
Craigleith. He died of his wounds 
at Craigleith on August 3rd, 1919, 
and was buried in Scone Cemetery 
with military honours. 



Captain John Brodie Boyd, born at 
Scone on 8th October, 1S72 ; third 
son of W. W. Boyd, grocer, and his 
wife, Isabella Brodie. Educated at 
Scone Public School, Sharp's Insti- 
tution. Perth, and Edinburgh Uni- 
versity, where he graduated 
M.B.C.M. in 1900. Served in the 
R.A.M.C. in the South African 
War; rejoined the R.A.M.C. in 
1915, and served in Gallipoli, 
whence he was invalided home in 
Dec 1916, because of dysentry ; 
was afterwards on home service ; 
promoted Captain in June, 
Died of pneumonia 8th July. 
1919, at Clipstone Camp. Notts., 
and was interred at Scone. 



was 
1918. 



SERGEANT ALEX. H. BRUCE, 
5th PIONEERS, A.I.F. 



PTE. JAMES T. BURNS, 
9th SCOTTISH RIFLES. 




Sergeant Alex. H. Bruce, 5th 
Pioneers, A.I.F. , son of Mr and 
Mrs Jas. Bruce, Abbey Rd., Scone, 
was born at Guildtown, in the 
parish of St Martins, on July 6th, 
1882. He was educated at Guild- 
town Public School. In igio he 
went to Australia, where he set 
up business for himself as a 
builder - - to which trade he 
had served his time, and in 
which he had been employed in 
the home country. In July, 191 5, 
he enlisted in the Australian 
Forces, and served first in Egypt, 
enduring- all the vigours of Eastern 
campaigning, then on the Western 
Front. He was killed near Longue- 
val on 15th November, 1916. and is 
buried — where his brother also lies 
— in I.ongueval Military Cemetery. 




Pte. James T. Burns, born at Mel- 
rose, 1 88 1, eldest son of George 
Burns and his wife, Jessie Telfer. 
Educated at Melrose. Employed 
as chauffeur, enlisted in the Lan- 
arkshire Yeomanry, 1st June, 1916. 
Trained in Scone Camp ; trans- 
ferred to the 9th Scottish Rifles ; 
went to France 21st October, 
1916 ; wounded at Beaucourt, May, 
[917 ; served till the Arm'stice ; was 
in the Army of Occupation in Ger- 
many ; and died at Scone on 31st 
January, 1919, of pneumonia whilst 
home on leave. 



PTE. ARTHUR CAIRNS, 
1st K.O.S.B. 

Pte. Arthur Cairns, born at Scone 
i/th September, 1897, second son 
of James Cairns, Clerk G.P.O., 
Perth, and Agnes Scott, his wife. 
Educated at Kinnoull Public 



School, Perth. Was serving his 
apprenticeship as an Engineer ; en- 
listed in the 1st Batt. King's Own 
Scottish Borderers in 1915 ; went 
to France in January, 1917; died of 
wounds received in action there on 
1st December, 1917. 



PTE. JOHN HENRY CAIRNS, 
6th BLACK WATCH. 



L.-CPL. JAMES CHRISTIE. 
1/6 ROYAL WARWICKS. 




Ptc. John Henry Cairns, born at 
Scone, Sth May, 1893; elder son of 
James Cairns, G.P.O. Clerk, Perth, 
and Agnes Scott, his wife. Edu- 
cated at Scone Public School and 
Kinnoull School. Served appren- 
ticeship as shoemaker ; enlisted at 
the outbreak of war in the 6th 
Black Watch ; served in France, and 
was posted as missing- after the 
Battle of Loos, 25th September, 
1915. 




L.-Cpl. James Christie, 1/6 Royal 
Warwicks, son of Mr and Mrs 
Andrew Christie, Perth Road, 
Scone, was born at Perth Road, 
Scone, on 22nd December, 1898. 
He was educated at Scone Public 
School. Before enlistment he was 
employed as a van-man in Scone 
Laundry. He enlisted in the H.C.B. 
early in October, 1914. In the 
month of May, 1916, he went to 
France and was drafted into the 1/6 
Royal Warwickshire Regiment. On 
June 19th, 1917, he was posted 
missing - , and in a letter received by 
his parents from his Captain, they 
were informed that he had taken 
part in a night raid on the 19th ol 
June. The attack was made 1400 
yards in front of Boorsies on the 
Bapaume-Cambrai Road. L.-Cpl. 
Christie is now presumed to have 
been killed in this engagement. 



PTE. GEORGE CRAIG, A.I.F. 



PTE. JAMES DOWIE, 1st QUEEN'S 
OWN CAMERON HIGHLANDERS. 





Pte. Geo. Craig - , born at Scone on 
1 2th September, 1887; eldest son of 
James Craig-, tailor and clothier, 
and his wife, Jane Macpherson. 
Educated at Scone Public School. 
Served his apprenticeship as a 
draper in Perth, was in situations 
in Glasgow and elsewhere. Emi- 
grated to Brisbane, Queensland in 
igi3, where he occupied a good 
position in a commercial house. 
Joined the Australian Imperial 
Force in December, 1915 ; landed in 
France in June, 1916; and was 
killed in action at Poziers on the 
Somme on the Sth Aug-ust, 1916. 



Pte. James Dowie, 1st Queen's 
Own Cameron Highlanders, only 
child of Mr and Mrs Walker Dowie, 
formerly of Scones Lethendy, now 
of Newmiln, was born at Dornoch 
Cottages, Crieff, on April 22nd. 
1893. Prior to enlistment he was 
employed as a grocer in Hamilton. 
On the outbreak of war he was 
sent to manage canteens in differ- 
ent part of the country. But he was 
bent on more direct military ser- 
vice, and enlisted in the Army in 
April, 191 5. In July, 191 5, he was 
sent to France. He went through 
the fiery ordeal of Loos in Septem- 
ber, 191 5, untouched, and on 13th 
October of the same year in the 
gallant attempt which was made to 
capture the village of Hulloch he 
was reported missing. He is now 
presumed to have been killed on 
that date. 



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SERGT. DAVID DRUMMOND, 
1st ROYAL DUBLIN FUSILIERS. 



CAPTAIN THOMAS FERGUSON, 
6th BLACK WATCH. 




Sergeant David Drummond, ist 
Royal Dublin Fusiliers, was born 
at St Martins on 18th August, 1883. 
At the time of his death his 
parents, Mr and Mrs David Drum- 
mond. resided at Blenheim Cottage, 
Murray Road, Scone. Sergt. Drum- 
mond studied for the Civil Service 
and was successful in securing a 
Second Division Clerkship. After 
being engaged in his profession 
for seven years in London, he was 
transferred to Dublin, where he 
had been for eight years when war 
broke out. At this date he was 
working in connection with the 
Irish Land Commission. He en- 
listed in September, igi4. in the 
1 st R.D.F., and saw much exact- 
ing service in the Near East with 
the 10th Division. He met his 
death in Macedonia on the Struma 
Plain on 23rd September, 1016, 
during- a British offensive in the 
Bala and Zir district. Sergeant 
Drummond was unmarried. 




Captain Thomas Ferguson, 6th 
Black Watch, son of the late Mr 
W. S. and Mrs Ferguson, Pictston- 
hill, Scone, was born at Perth on 
12th October, 1880. He received 
his education at Clifton Bank 
School, and Madras College, St 
Andrews, and at Reading College, 
England. He was associated with 
his father in the management of 
his farm, and also of his chemical 
manure business. Later he was 
tenant farmer of Kinochtry in the 
Parish of Kettins. He held a Com- 
mission in the 5th Vol. Battalion, 
The Black Watch, being- in com- 
mand of F Coy. He enlisted in the 
6th Black Watch on June 14th, 
1915, and in kji6 was sent to 
France. He met his death at 
Beaumont Hamel on the 13th of 
November, 1916. He married 
Annie Stewart, daughter of the late 
Mr James Stewart, Airley Wight, 
Auchtergaven, by whom and two 
children he is survived. 



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PTE. GEORGE FORD, 
6th BLACK WATCH. 



PTE. ALEXANDER FORSYTH 
GARDINER, 16th H.L.I. 





Pte. George Ford, 6th Black 
Watch, son of Mr and Mrs Robert 
Ford, was born at Ross Farm, 
Errol, on January 15th, 1807. He 
was brought up by his grand 
parents, the late Mr Alex. Mac 
kenzie and Mrs Mackenzie, at 
Scones Lethendy. He was educated 
at Guildtown Public School. He 
worked as a ploughman in the 
parishes of Madderty and Auchter- 
arder. In June, 191 5, he enlisted 
in the 6th Black Watch, which was 
then training at Bridge of Earn. 
He was drafted to France early in 
1916, and met his death at High 
Wood, on the Somme, on the 30th 
of July the same year. 



Pte. Alexander Forsyth Gardiner, 
16th H.L.I., son of above men- 
tioned Mr and Mrs John Gardiner, 
formerly of Parkfield and Old 
Scone, in the Parish of Scone, was 
born at Westwood, Auchtergaven, 
on November 29th, 1S97. He en- 
listed on 7th June, 1916, in the 
Black Watch, and was afterwards 
transferred to the 16th H.L.I. He 
was killed on the Somme on 18th 
November, 1916, and was buried 
in Frankfort Trench Cemetery. 



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L.-CPL. FRANCIS FORSYTH 

GARDINER. 
16th CANADIAN REGIMENT. 



CORPORAL ROBERT GLEN, 
K.O.S.B. 





L.-Cpl. Francis Forsyth Gardiner, 
1 6th Canadian Regiment, son of 
Mr John Gardiner, formerly resi- 
dent at Parkfield and Old Scone, 
in the Parish of Scone, was born 
on 19th November, 1S88, at Obney, 
Auchtergaven. His occupation in 
civil life was that of forester. He 
was at one time employed on the 
Scone estate, and at the date of his 
enlistment was working- in Coldale 
Nursery, Canada. He joined the 
Canadian Army in 1916. He was 
wounded near Lens on 15th Aug-ust, 
1916, and died the following- day. 
He is buried in Lillers Military 
Cemeterv. 



Corporal Robert Glen, born at 
Invertiel Farm, near Kirkcaldy, on 
June 12, 1893. Fourth son of the 
late Jas. Glen, farmer, and his wife 
Mary Ann Lamont. Educated at 
Kirkcaldy High School ; was en- 
gaged in farming-; enlisted in Sep- 
tember, 1914, in the Fife and For- 
far Ligrht Horse. Served in Gallip- 
oli ; was invalided home because of 
dysentry in December, 191 5; went 
to France in September, 1916; was 
transferred to the K.O.S.B. and 
then to the Royal Scots ; was killed 
at Roy on the Somme, 20th 
October, 1916. 



SERGEANT DONALD GODFREY, 
9th BLACK WATCH. 



PTE. JOHN ROBERT GORDON, 
6th BLACK WATCH. 




Sergeant Donald Godfrey, gth 
Black Watch, son of the late Mr 
John Godfrey and Mrs Godfrey, 
Stormontfield, was born at Stor- 
montfield on 14th September, 1876. 
He received his education at Stor- 
montfield School, and was in the 
employ of Messrs Lumsden and 
Mackenzie. He had previously 
served in the South African War. 
At Mag-ersfontein, then being in 
the 2nd Black Watch, he was taken 
prisoner, but was released on the 
advance of the British Army under 
Lord Roberts. Early in the summer 
of 1915 he sailed with his regiment 
to France. He was present at and 
was wounded in the battle of Loos 
on September 25th, 191 5. The 
wounds there received were the 
cause of his death. Sergeant 
Godfrey was twice married and is 
survived by a son and daughter. 




Pte. John Robert Gordon, 6th 
Black Watch, was born at Ruth- 
well, Dumfriesshire, on the 14th of 
May, 1893. Prior to enlistment he 
was employed as a forester on the 
Scone estate. He enlisted in the 
Scottish Horse on 17th Aug'ust, 
1914. He saw service in Gallopoli 
and was invalided, suffering- from 
enteric fever, first to Malta, and 
later to England. He sailed for 
France with the 6th Black Watch 
in August, 1916, and was killed at 
Beaumont Hamel on the 13th 
November of that year. 



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SERGT. WILLIAM LAW HOWIE, 
2nd PIONEERS, A.I.F. 



SAPPER DONALD IRVINE, R.E. 





Sergt. William Law Howie, 2nd 
Pioneers, A.I.F., son of the late Mr 
William Howie, farmer, Boghall, 
and Mrs Howie, Balformo Road, 
Scone, was born on 3rd April, 1882, 
at Bog-hall, St Martins. He was 
educated at Cauvins, Duddingston, 
and served his time as a lawyer, 
first with Messrs M'Cash and 
Hunter, Perth, and afterwards with 
Messrs Bruce, Menzies, Low, and 
Thomson, Edinburgh. In 1913 he 
emigrated to Australia, where he 
was engaged in farming. In 
January, igi6, he enlisted in the 
Australian Forces, and shortly 
afterwards proceeded overseas to 
France. He was killed near Ypres 
on September 20th, 191 7. He had 
been engaged with his men in 
building a bridge at a critical point 
of the line, and the work had just 
been finished when a shell caught 
and killed Sergeant Howie and four 
others. The information was com- 
municated to his mother, that, by 
her son's work that day, hundreds 
of lives had been saved. 



Sapper Donald Irvine, R.E., son of 
Mr and Mrs Duncan Irvine. Abbey- 
Road, Scone, was born at Perth 
General Prison, where his father 
was a warder, on 8th February, 
1883, and was educated at Craigie 
Public School. Before enlisting he 
was employed as a clerk in the Post 
Office at Perth, and afterwards at 
Blairgowrie. He joined the Army 
on 20th November, 191 4, and was 
sent to the Dardanelles on 13th 
May, 1915. On 3rd November, 1915 
he died of dysentry in hospital at 
Alexandria. 



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PTE. JACK BRUCE, 3th BLACK 
WATCH. 



PTE. DUNCAN JOHN IRVINE, 
XINGS OWN LIVERPOOLS. 





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Pte. Jack Bruce, 8th Black Watch, 
son of Mr and Mrs James Bruce, 
Abbey Road, Scone, was born at 
Guildtown, in the Parish of St 
Martins, on 4th April, 1888. He 
was educated at Guildtown and 
Scone Public Schools. When war 
broke out he was employed as a 
builder's traveller, and at once 
offered himself for military service. 
He was rejected twice on phyiscal 
grounds. But he was not content 
with such exemption, and offering" 
himself a third time, he was en- 
rolled amongst Britain's fighting 
men in August, 1915. After having 
been trained at Nigg, he was sent 
to France, where he fell at Longue- 
val — that grave of so many of the 
8th Black Watch— on July 15th, 
tqi6. He is buried in Longueval 
Military Cemeterv. 



Pte. Duncan John Irvine, King's 
Own Liverpools, son of above-men- 
tioned Mr and Mrs Duncan Irvine, 
Abbey Road, Scone, was born at 
Perth General Prison, where his 
father was a warder, on 27th Dec- 
ember, 1888. He received his edu- 
cation at Craigie Public School, 
and was employed as a paper-ruler 
with the firm of Messrs A. B. Dun- 
can, Dundee. He enlisted in May, 
igi6 in a Cycle Corps, from which 
he was afterwards transferred to 
the King's Own Liverpool Regt . 
He proceeded to France in Novem- 
ber, 1916, and there he met his 
death on 3rd August, 1917. 



PRIVATE ROBERT KEILLER, 
2nd SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS. 



L.-CPL. DAVID MARSHALL, 
7th WARWICKS. 





Private Robert Keiller of the 2nd 
Seaforth Highlanders was one of 
those who fell in the course of the 
great German offensive of March, 
iqi8. Robert Keiller could claim 
the village of Scone as his native 
place, being- born there on 22nd 
September, iSyo. In Scone he 
learned his trade, that of painter, 
serving his apprenticeship with Mr 
Lawrence. Later he settled in 
Dundee, where he was living at the 
time when he joined the Army in 
September, 1916. Pte. Keiller was 
survived by a wife and one child, 
also by his parents, Mr and Mrs 
R. Keiller, Abbey Road. Scone. 



Lance-Corporal David Marshall, 
7th Warwicks, son of Mr and Mrs 
James Marshall, Perth Rd., Scone, 
was born at Perth Road, Scone, on 
February nth, 1805. He was edu- 
cated at Scone Public School. On 
leaving school he was employed in 
the Dyeworks of Messrs Pullars, 
Perth, and, when the war broke 
out, he was working to a similar 
firm in Paisley. In 1012 he had 
enlisted in his local Territorial 
battalion— the H.C.B. On August 
4th, 1914, he was called up. After 
serving for some time in this coun- 
try on coast defence, he was trans- 
ferred to the 7th Warwicks and sent 
to France. His parents were in- 
formed that he was reported miss- 
ing, on July igth, 1916. and he is 
now presumed to have been killed 
near Levante on that date. 



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2nd LIEUT. JAMES DRYSDALE 

MEIKLE, 13th KING'S ROYAL 

RIFLE CORPS. 



CORPORAL GEORGE MELVILLE, 
6th BLACK WATCH. 





2nd Lieut. James Drysdale Meikle, 
born at Crossford, near Dunferm- 
line, nth July, 1888, only son of 
John T. Meikle, Parish Council 
Clerk, and his wife, Jane Ann 
Kelt. Educated at Dunfermline 
High School ; Clerk in Parish 
Council Office. Enlisted as private 
in gth Royal Scots, February, 
igi6 ; was transferred to 13th 
Royal Scots ; was wounded 
twice and gassed thrice ; was 
gazetted as 2nd Lieutenant in the 
13th King's Royal Rifle Corps in 
August, 19 17 ; was awarded certifi- 
cate for Distinguished Conduct on 
the Field, and was mentioned in 
despatches by Sir Doug-las Haig ; 
was killed in action near Cambrai, 
4th November, 191 8, and buried in 
Beaurain British Cemetery on 7th 
November. 



Corporal George Melville, 6th 
Black Watch, son of William and 
Mrs Melville, Abbey Road, Scone, 
was born at Fingask, in the Parish 
of Rhynd, on July 16th, 1894. He 
served his apprenticeship as a 
gardener, and, when war broke 
out, was employed as a flower 
sorter in Crieff Hydropathic. He 
was a Territorial, was immediately 
called up, and joined the colours. 
He was sent to France with the 6th 
Black Watch in 191 5, and was 
killed at High Wood on the Somme 
— the first occasion of his Battalion 
"going over the top" — on 30th 
July, 1916. 



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SAPPER JOHN MELVILLE, R.E. 



PTE. JOHN MILLAR, R.A., 
VETERINARY CORPS. 





Sapper John Melville, R.E. , son of 
William and Mrs Melville, Abbey 
Road, Scone, was born at Balthay- 
ock in the Parish of Kinfauns on 
February igth, 1888. After leaving 
school he was employed for several 
years as a ploughman, later emi- 
grating" to Australia, where he 
worked for 8 years as a contractor. 
He enlisted in the Royal Engineers 
in July, 1017, and was sent to 
Italy. He had a severe attack of 
malaria, to which he succumbed in 
October, 1977. 



Pte. John Millar, R.A., Veterinary 
Corps, was born at Rashiehall in 
the Parish of St Martins on 13th 
November, 1863. He was married, 
his wife being Agnes Taylor, by 
whom and seven children he is sur- 
vived. In his early days he worked 
as a ploughman. He enlisted in 
the Regular Army in 1881, and saw- 
much service with the Camel Corps 
in Egypt. He held the Egyptian 
Medal with 5 Bars — Abu-Klea, The 
Nile (18S4-5). El-Teb-Tamaai, 
Suakin 1884, Tel-el-Keber. He also 
held the Khedive Star. On the 
outbreak of the European War he 
enlisted on 5th May, 1015, and was 
sent to Salonica, where he served 
for 2 years with the Royal Army 
Yeterinary Corps. He was invalid- 
ed with malaria, was discharged, 
and returned home, where he died 
on October 30th, 1918. 



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PTE. ALBERT MILNE, 
BLACK WATCH. 



SAPPER WILLIAM CRAWFORD 
MITCHELL, R.E. 





Pte. Albert Milne, Black Watch, 
was a native of Alyth, and spent 
his boyhood in Methven. He was 
employed as a forester on the 
Scone Estate prior to his enlist- 
ment, and was well known in Stor- 
montfield and neighbourhood. He 
was reported missing- on November 
1 8th, 1Q17. His platoon officer says 
that Private Milne was a general 
favourite in the platoon, and set a 
good example to his comrades. 



Sap. Wm. Crawford Mitchell, R.E., 
born at Muir of Scone, 13th May, 
1894, second son of David Mitchell, 
joiner, and his wife, Catherine 
M'Naughton ; educated at Scone 
Public School ; wrought as joiner ; 
was called up at outbreak of war as 
a Territorial, serving in the High- 
land Cyclist Battalion ; re-enlisted 
in the Royal Engineers and was 
sent out to Salonica, Jan., 1917. 
Was killed on 8th May, 191 7, whilst 
acting as one of a volunteer party 
that went out to destroy barbed 
wire entanglements in front of the 
enemy's positions in the endeavour 
to take Grand Caroline, Salonica. 



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CORPORAL JOHN MORGAN, 
7th R.S. FUSILIERS. 



PTE. D. L. MURRAY, 4th R.S. 
FUSILIERS. 





Corporal John Morgan, 7th R.S. 
Fusiliers, son of Mr and Mrs 0. 
Morgan, formerly of Letheny, in 
the Parish of Scone, was born at 
Over Durdie, Kilspindie, on 12th 
December, 1890. He was educated 
at Guildtown Public School. Before 
his enlistment he was employed as 
a forester on Scone Estate for 7 
years. He enlisted in Kitchener's 
Army on 3rd September, 1914. He 
proceeded to France in the begin- 
ning- of July, 191 5, and was killed 
in action at Hill 70, Loos, on Sun- 
day, 26th September, of the same 
year. In June, 1915, he married 
Annie Clark Sturrock, who died in 
October, 191 8. He is survived by 
one little girl. 



Pte. D. L. Murray, 4th R.S. 
Fusiliers, son of Mr and Mrs Jas. 
Murray, Abbey Road, Scone, was 
born at Abbey Road, Scone, on 
December 1st, 1882. He was edu- 
cated at Scone Public School. His 
occupation, previous to joining the 
Army, was that of plumber. He 
enlisted in the Royal Engineers in 
November, 1915, and was after- 
wards transferred to the R.S. 
Fusiliers. With the R.S.F. he pro- 
ceeded to Palestine in February, 
191 7, and after the battle of Gaza, 
on April 19th, 191 7, he was re- 
ported missing. He is now pre- 
sumed to have been killed on that 
date, though no definite informa- 
tion as to his death has ever been 
received. He was married to Nancy 
Smith, Goshen Bank, Scone, by 
whom he is survived. 



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PTE. PETER MURRAY 
4/5 BLACK WATCH. 



L-CPL. GEORGE MACDONALD, 
8th BLACK WATCH. 





Pte. Peter Murray, 4/5 Black 
Watch, son of Mr and Mrs James 
Murray, Abbey Road, Scone, was 
born at Abbey Road, Scone, on 3rd 
April, 1 88 1. He was educated at 
Scone and Perth. Prior to enlist- 
ment he had been engaged as a 
plumber with his father's firm, 
Messrs James Murray and Son, 
Plumbers, Perth and Scone. He 
joined the Army in April, 1916, and 
proceeded to France in September 
of the same year. At the time of 
his death he was acting- as Bat- 
talion Runner, and a letter from his 
officer to his parents shows what 
valuable service he had rendered in 
that capacity. He was killed near 
Ypres on April 1st, 1917. The 
Battalion had been in the trenches 
all the previous night, and in the 
morning had marched back to their 
billets behind the line when a stray 
shell found them out, killing Pte. 
Murray and several of his com- 
rades. 



L-Cpl. George Macdonald, 8th 
Black Watch, second son of Mr and 
Mrs George Macdonald, Burnside, 
Scone, was born on 24th Decem- 
ber, 188S, at Quarrymill, Scone. 
Jle received his education at Kin- 
noull School, Perth, and Taylor's 
Institution, Crieff. He served his 
time as a gardener at Pitfour 
Castle, Glencarse, and was after- 
wards employed at Leslie and 
Helensburgh. At the time of his 
enlistment he was employed in 
Camphill Nursery, Broughty-Ferry. 
He enlisted in the Black Watch in 
January, 1915, and went to France 
in April of the same year. He was 
killed at the Bade of Loos, Septem- 
ber 25th, 1915. He married Mar- 
garet Smart, by whom he is sur- 
vived. 



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PTE. PETER MACDONALD, 
6th GORDONS. 



PTE. ROBERT G. M'DONALD, 
34th BATT., A.I.F. 





Pte. Peter Macdonald, 6th Gordons, 
fourth son of Mr and Mrs George 
Macdonald, Burnside, Scone, was 
born at Gladstone Terrace, Perth, 
on 22nd February, 1893. Me was 
educated at Madderty Public 
School, and Taylor's Institution, 
Crieff. At an early age he emi- 
grated to New York, where he was 
engaged as valet to a private 
gentleman. On Cth June, 1917, he 
enlisted at New York in the British 
Army. At Aberdeen he joined the 
Oth Gordons, and was sent out to 
France in November, 1917. He 
took part in the Battle of Cambrai. 
He was admitted to Hospital on 
January 8th, 1918, "in a critical 
condition." Thereafter he was sent 
to Duston Military Hospital, South- 
ampton. He was discharged from 
the Army on March 15th, 191 8. He 
returned home, and died at his 
parent's house. Burnside, Scone, 
on 4th August, 1 91 8. 



Pte. Robert G. M'Donald, 34th 
Batt, A.I.F., was born at the 
Mains of Aberdalgie, on November 
2nd, 1S96. His father was the late 
Mr George M'Donald, and his 
mother, Mrs M'Donald, Easter 
Bonhard Farm, Scone. He received 
his education at Cluny and Bal- 
beggie Public Schools. He was en- 
gaged in farming, first in this 
country, then in Australia, where 
he emigrated in 1914. He enlisted 
in the Australian Army in 
February, 1917, and was sent to 
France in April of the same year. 
In October, 1917- he was wounded, 
and on August 24th, 10.18, in the 
Battle of Ellenheim (near the 
river Somme) he met his death. He 
is buried 4J miles S.S.E. of Albert. 



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CAPT. ALEXANDER MACDUFF, 

2nd QUEEN'S OWN CAMERON 

HIGHLANDERS. 



PTE. ALLISTAIR M'EWAN, 
1st BLACK WATCH. 




Captain Alexander Macduff, 2nd 
Queen's Own Cameron High- 
landers, son of Mr and Mrs Alex. 
Macduff, Bonhard, was born at 
Bonhard on 6th July, 1884. He was 
educated at Cargilfield, Winchester 
College and New College, Oxford. 
He was first in the list of Uni- 
versity candidates qualifying for a 
Commission in the Army. He 
joined the Cameron Highlanders in 
April, 1Q05, and in July of that 
year was posted to the 2nd Batt., 
then stationed at Roberts' Heights, 
Pretoria. He also served with them 
at Durban and at Tien-tsin, North 
China. In 191 1 the Battalion was 
sent to Bangalore, India, from 
which it was moved to Poona in 
the spring of 1914. It was ordered 
to England in October, 1914, and 
stationed at Winchester. It was 
transferred to France just before 
Christmas, and moved up to the 
Ypres area, where the officers and 
men after their long- foreign service 
were severely tried by the climate. 
They also suffered heavy casualties 
in the fighting near St Eloi. Cap- 
tain Macduff appeared in the list of 




Pte. Allistair M'Ewan, 1st Black 
Watch, grandson of the late Mr and 
Mrs John M'Ewan, Stormontfield, 
was born at Stormontfield on June 
9th, 1895. He was educated at 
Stormontfield School, and previous 
to his enlistment w-as employed in 
Stormontfield Works as a beetler. 
He enlisted on January 19th, 1915, 
m the H.C.B., and in July, 1916, 
was transferred to the 1st Black 
Watch. He was severely wounded 
in action near Thiepval on the 
river Ancre, and died of wounds on 
September 29th, 1916, at Rouen. 
He is buried at St Sever Cemetery, 
Rouen. 



wounded, but, as the injury was 
slight, he rejoined almost immedi- 
ately. On the 22nd of April, the 
beginning of the second battle of 
Ypres, the Battalion was sent for- 
ward to occupy trenches under Hill 
60, and there Captain Macduff fell, 
being killed instantaneously on the 
24th of April, 1915. 



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PTE. CHARLES M'GREGOR, 
16th H.L.I. 



PTE. GEORGE M'INTOSH, 
9th BATT. BLACK WATCH. 





Pte. Charles M'Gregor, iOth 
H.L.I. , son of the late James 
M'Gregor and Mrs M'Gregor, 
Perth Road, Scone, was bom at 
Perth Road, Scone, on 17th 
July, 1893. He was educated at 
Scone Public School. After finish- 
ing his education he was employed 
as a tobacconist in Perth. He 
joined the Army on 16th Septem- 
ber, 1914, and served with the 
H.C.B. on coast defence till July, 
u)i6, when he was drafted to 
France. There he was attached to 
the 16th H.L.I. On 18th November. 
1916, he was reported missing- near 
Beaumont-Hamel. He is presumed 
to have been killed on that date, 
though no details as to his death 
have ever been communicated to 
his relatives. 



Private George M'Intosh, fourth 
son of the late Joseph M'Intosh, 
and Mrs M'Intosh, Easter Bon- 
hard, Scone, was born at Fingask 
in the Parish of Kilspindie, on 
March Oth, 1896, and received his 
education at Kinnaird Public 
School, At the time of his enlist- 
ment he was employed as a 
ploughman on Pictstonhill Farm. 
The date of his enlistment was 
November, 191 5. The date of his 
death was September 28th, 1917. 
He was occupying an advanced 
post in part of Arras when a shell 
burst in the neighbourhood, tak- 
ing- its deadly toll of himself and 
six of his brave comrades. 



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PTE. THOMAS M'INTOSH, 
2nd A. and S. H'DERS. 



PTE. GORDON J. MACNAUGH- 
TON, 1st BLACK WATCH. 






Pte. Thomas MTntosh, 2nd A. and 
S. Highlanders, fifth son of the 
late Jospeh and Mrs MTntosh, 
Easter Bonhard, Scone, was born 
at Fingrask, Kilspindie, on 29th 
November, 1900. Like his brother, 
Pte. George MTntosh, he was edu- 
cated at Kinnaird School, and, like 
his brother, he was working- on the 
land when he joined the Army. He 
enlisted on the 15th of May, 19 18, 
and in a very short time he was 
facing- the shells in France. It 
was in that triumphant advance 
of the Biitish Army which really 
finished the war — the advance of 
October, 191 8, that he met his 
death. His Battalion was prepar- 
ing- to g-o forward near Valen- 
ciennes, when he was killed by the 
bursting- of a shell beside him. 



Pte. Gordon J. Macnaughton, 1st 
Black Watch, son of John S. Mac- 
naug-hton and his wife Marg-aret 
Craik Kirkland, was born on 18th 
March, 1896, at 14 Bell Street, 
Lochee. He was educated at Liff 
Public School. He served his ap- 
prenticeship as a g-ardener at 
Greystane Gardens, and was after- 
wards employed at Scone Palace 
Gardens. He enlisted on 7th Nov., 
1915, and on 6th June, 1916, was 
drafted to France with the 1st 
Black Watch. He was posted miss- 
ing- on iSth Aug-ust, 1916, and is 
now presumed to have been killed 
on that date. 



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GUNNER WILLIAM PRINGLE. 
R.F.A. 



PRIVATE JAMES REID, 
3rd ROYAL SCOTS. 




Gunner Wm. Pringle, R.F.A. , born 
at Dundee in 1880, son of John 
Pringle, draper, Dundee, and his 
wife, Malvina Croll. Educated at 
the Harris Academy ; served in the 
14th Hussars in the South African 
War ; was afterwards eng'aged in 
business ; joined the Royal Field 
Artillery on 1st March, 1917; went 
to France in August, 1917; and 
w^as killed in action 3rd September, 
1917, near Ypres ; and is interred 
in Brandhock New Military Ceme- 
tery, Vlamerting-he. He was mar- 
ried, and left a widow and two 
daughters. 




Pte. James Reid, 3rd Royal Scots, 
son of William and Mrs Reid, 
Rossie Ochil, Forgandenny, was 
born at Haughend in the Parish of 
Alyth. on 16th November, 1891. 
He was educated at Forgandenny 
Public School. For several years 
he resided in Scone village, being 
employed first as a car conductor, 
and later in the Railway Locomo- 
tive Works, Perth. He enlisted in 
the Army in February, 191 5. He 
was killed at the Battle of Loos on 
August 31st, 191 5, and is buried 
in Bethune Military Cemetery. 



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SAPPER DAVID BROWN 
ROBERTSON, R.E. 



PTE. GEORGE ROBERTSON. 
SHERWOOD FORESTERS. 




Sapper David Brown Robertson, 
R.E., born at Scone on 6th May, 
i8go, fourth son of John Robertson, 
slater, and his wife, Grace Dun- 
can. Educated at Scone Public 
School ; -wrought as telephone 
fitter ; enlisted in the Royal En- 
gineers on iith November, 1915 ; 
went to Salonica, 4th April, 1916; 
and died there of malaria, 10th 
October, 1918. 

PTE. WILLIAM SIMPSON, 
3rd GORDON HIGHLANDERS. 

Pte. William Simpson, 3rd Gordon 
Highlanders, was born at Black- 
hill, Peterhead, on March 14th, 
1886. His occupation in civil life 
was that of vanman. He enlisted 
in the 3rd Gordons at Aberdeen 
on October 31st, 1917. On October 
28th. 1919, he died of nephritis in 
Leeds Hospital. He married Elsie 
Blair, by whom and three children 
he is survived. He resided 
for some time at Perth Road, 
Scone, and from there his widow 
recently removed to Stonehaven. 




Pte. George Robertson, Sherwood 
Foresters, son of the late Mr 
Donald Robertson, and Mrs 
Robertson, 9 Watt Street, Forfar, 
was born at 9 Watt Street, Forfar, 
on June 17th, 1889. In civil life 
he was a forester, having- served 
his time on the Scone estate. While 
in Scone he resided with his aunt, 
Mrs Bremner, at Lady Mansfield's 
Cottage. He joined the Army on 
August 12th, 1914. He served on 
three different fronts. He took 
part in the Battle of Neuve 
Chapelle in April, 191 5, where he 
was wounded. In June of the 
same year he was drafted to Galli- 
poli. He saw fighting in Egypt. 
About the middle of 1917 he was 
back in France, and on October 
4th, 1 91 7, at Polechappelle he met 
his death. While removing a 
wounded man, he was instantane- 
ously killed by the explosion of a 
shell beside him. 



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SERGT. JAMES ROBERTSON, 
M.M.. 3rd BLACK WATCH. 



PTE. ERNEST ROSS, 
6th BLACK WATCH. 





Sergeant James Robertson, M.M., 
3rd lilac k Watch, was born at 
Pomarium Street, Perth, on Feb. 
4th, 1884. He was married, his 
wife being Elizabeth Robertson, 
by whom and 4 children he is sur- 
vived. He was a regular soldier 
and served in the South African 
War. He held the Queen's Medal 
with clasps "Natal" and ''Trans- 
vaal." He held the King's Medal 
with clasps "S. Africa, igoi" and 
"S. Africa, 1902." On the out- 
break of war, being a time ex- 
pired soldier, he was working as a 
forester on the Scone Estate. He 
immediately re-enlisted and was 
sent to France in 1914. He was in 
France again in 191 7, when he was 
awarded the Military Medal "for 
gallantry in action." He was after- 
wards stationed in Ireland, and on 
10th October, 1918. while proceed- 
ing home on leave, he was tor- 
pedoed on board the Leinster in 
the Irish Channel and was 
drowned. He is buried in Dublin 
Military Cemetery. 



Pte. Ernest Ross, 6th Black Watch, 
was born in London on April 20th, 
18S8. He was the son of Ernest 
Ross and his wife, Margaret 
Young. When he joined the Army 
he was working at Scone Palace 
Gardens, and had previously been 
employed for several years at Dall 
Gardens, Rannoch. He enlisted in 
the Spring of 191 5, was sent to 
France in July, 1916, and was 
killed near Ypres on the 31st of 
July, 191 7. He was acting as bat- 
man to one of the officers of his 
Battalion, who was also seriously 
wounded on the same dav. 



3° 



L.-CPL. WILLIAM RUDDIMAN, 
K.O.S.B. 



L.-CPL. JOHN SCOTT, 
11th ROYAL SCOTS. 





L.-Cpl. Wm. Ruddiman, K.O.S.B., 
was a native of Leslie in Fifeshire. 
He was by occupation a forester, 
and was employed as such on the 
Scone Estate. He enlisted early in 
the war, and was killed at trie 
Battle of Loos on September 25th, 
1915. aged 25 years. 



L.-Cpl. John Scott, nth Royal 
Scots, son of Mr and Mrs John 
Scott, Lovers' Lane, Scone, was 
born at North Muirton. in the 
Parish of Tibbermore, on 17th 
December, 1892. He received 

his education at Scone Public 
School. His occupation was that 
of grocer, first with Messrs Laingr, 
and later with Mr James G. Falls, 
Perth. He joined the Army on 
29th January, 1916, and was sent 
to France in July of that year. He 
came through the battle of Arras, 
oth April, KJ17. On 3rd May, 
1917, at Point-de-Jour, near Gav- 
relle, on the Arras front, in an 
attempt which was being made to 
push the line forward, he was re- 
ported missing. When last seen 
he was acting Sergeant, getting 
his men ready for "going over the 
top." No definite information as 
to his death has been communi- 
cated. 



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SERGT. ALEXANDER SCOTT, 

D.C.M., 7th BEDFORDSHIRE 

LIGHT INFANTRY. 



PTE. WILLIAM SCOTT, 
8th BLACK WATCH. 





Serg-t. Alexander Scott, D.C.M., 
7th Bedfordshire Light Infantry, 
son of Mr and Mrs John Scott, 
Lovers' Lane, Scone, was born at 
Rashiehall, in the Parish of St 
Martins, and was educated at Bal- 
beggie and Scone Public Schools, 
lie was employed as a dyer, first 
in Perth with Messrs Pullar, and 
afterwards in Bristol with Messrs 
Willowby. He enlisted in Septem- 
ber, 1014, in the Bedfordshire 
Light Infantry and went to France 
in July, 1915. He was killed on 
1st October, 10 18, at Vendhuile, 
north of St Quentin. His Battalion 
had taken the village of Vendhuile 
the night before, and were holding 
it in the face of strong opposition 
when an enemy shell struck the 
building- where Sergt. Scott was, 
bringing down a piece of the wall 
on his head and killing him in- 
stantaneously. On the 2nd April, 
1918, the following gazette was 
issued announcing the award of 
the D.C.M. to this brave N.C.O. 
—"For conspicuous gallantry and 
devotion to duty during an attack 
against enemy position. After his 
Platoon Officer had been killed, 



Pte. William Scott, 8th Black 
Watch, son of Mr and Mrs William 
Scott, Perth Road, Scone, was 
born at Stormont Road, Scone, on 
July 10th, 1891. He was educated 
at Scone Public School. His first 
employment was that of car driver 
under the Perth Corporation. 
Afterwards, emigrating to Canada, 
he worked for 2 years in the ware- 
house of Messrs Simpson, Toronto. 
He had a severe illness, and, re- 
turning to this country, resumed 
his old employment. He enlisted 
in July, 191 7, and was sent to 
France. He was severely wounded 
by the bursting- of a shell in 
December, 191 7, and died at 
Gouziecourt Casualty Clearing 
Station a few davs later. 



he assumed command and success- 
fully led his men in face of very 
heavy machine-gun fire and artil- 
lery barrage to their objective. 
Then personally, with a few men, 
established a more advanced post 
close to the enemy position. He 
behaved with great courage and 
showed fine leadership. 



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PTE. JAMES SCRIMGEOUR, 
1st BLACK WATCH. 



LIEUTENANT CHARLES HUGH 

HOPE SLATER, 

10th SCOTTISH RIFLES. 




Pte. James Scrimg-eour, ist Black 
Watch, son of Mr and Mrs James 
Scrimg-eour, Fish Ponds, Stor- 
montfield, was born at Fish Ponds, 
Stormontfield, on July 28th, 1893. 
Before enlisting he was employed 
as a Clerk with Messrs Lumsden 
and Mackenzie. He joined the 
H.C.B. on gth September, 191 5. 
In July, 1916, he was transferred 
to the ist Black Watch, and pro- 
ceeded to France on July 30th of 
the same year. He was taken 
prisoner on April 18th, 191 8, dur- 
ing the great German offensive, 
but pluckily contrived his escape 
the same evening. He died of 
wounds in the 15th CCS. on May 
28th, 1918, and is buried at 
Houchin Military Cemetery, Meuse 
Les Mines. 




Charles Hugh Hope Slater, born at 
Scone, 17th March, 1894. Only son 
of John W. Slater, minister of the 
United Presbyterian Church, 
Scone, and his wife, Jean Hope 
Garvie. Educated at Scone Public 
School, Perth Academy and St An- 
drew's University, where he grad- 
uated M.A. in July, 1915. Was 
trained in St Andrew's University 
O.T.C gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in 
the Scottish Rifles, 3rd August, 
191 5 ; went to France, 18th July, 
1916 ; attached to 10th Scottish 
Rifles ; appointed Battalion Intel- 
ligence Officer, January, 1917 ; 
appointed Intelligence Officer of 
the 46th Infantry Brigade, April, 
1917 ; gazetted Lieutenant, June, 
1917. Killed in action, 31st July, 
1917, and interred in Brandhock 
New Military Cemetery, Vlamer- 
tinge, 2nd August, 1917. 



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PRIVATE WILLIAM SMITH, 
2nd H.L.I. 




GUNNER JOHN SHEARER 
WILSON STALKER, D 177 
HOWITZER BRIGADE, R.F.A. 




Private William Smith, born at 
Glasgow, June, 1894. Youngest 
son of John Smith, g-ardener, now 
resident in Eden Place, Scone. 
Worked in Singers' works, Kil- 
bowie. Enlisted in the Regular 
Army in 1913, was attached to the 
2nd Batt. Highland Light Infantry, 
landed in France, 4th August, 
1914 ; was in the Lewis Gun Corps 
and saw much hard fighting. W : as 
killed in action. 27th July, 1917. 
He was the recipient of the Mons 
Star. 



Gunner John Shearer Wilson Stal- 
ker, D 177 Howitzer Brigade, 
R.F.A., born in Parish of Ban- 
nockburn, 1891. Eldest son of 
John Stalker, gamekeeper, High- 
field, Scone. Engaged as game- 
keeper on the Garscube estate. 
Joined the R.F.A. in August, 1914, 
went to France, March, 1915, en- 
gaged in the fierce fighting up 
to the 2nd Battle of Ypres. Killed 
17th August, near Ypres, and in- 
terred in Brandhock Military Cem- 
etery, Vlamertinghe. 



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BRIGADIER-GENERAL 

CHARLES EDWARD STEWART, 

C.M.G. 



CPL. WM. LITHGOW STALKER, 
21 SIEGE BATTERY, R.G.A. 




Brigadier-General Charles Edward 
Stewart, C.M.G., eldest son of Mi- 
Charles Stewart, barrister, was 
born in London on September 27, 
1868. He was educated at Char- 
terhouse, and Royal Military Col- 
lege, Sandhurst. He was gazetted 
to the Black Watch on 10th April, 
1889. He commanded the Black 
Watch Section, Highland Company 
Mounted Infantry in Matabeleland, 
1896-1807. He served in the South 
African War, rising to the rank of 
Brigadier-Major, and being men- 
tioned in dispatches. When the 
European war broke out he was 
with the 2nd Battalion, The Black 
Watch, in India. On arrival in 
France, on November 1st, 1914, he 
took over command of the 1st 
Battalion The Black Watch. On 
November nth, 1914, he was 
wounded at Gheluveldt. He was 
mentioned in dispatch and given 
the C.M.G. He was promoted 
Brigadier-General on December 31, 
191 5, of the 154th Infantry Brigade 
51st Division, and it was while 
acting in that capacity that he was 
killed at Hooplines, near Armen- 
tieres, on September 14th, 1916. He 
was mentioned in Sir Douglas 
Haig's dispatch of February 28th, 




Cpl. William Lithgow Stalker, 21 
Siege Battery. R.G.A., born in 
Parish of Bannockburn, 1893, 
second son of John Stalker, game- 
keeper, Highfield, Scone, was in 
Renfrew County Police. Enlisted 
in August, 1894; for nearly three 
years acted as Drill Instructor in 
South of England ; crossed to 
France beginning- of July, 1917; 
died of wounds received in action 
near Ypres, 24th July, 1917 ; and 
interred in Dozinghem British 
Cemetery, Proven. 

1917, "for gallant and dis- 
tinguished service in the field." 
It is an interesting fact that it was 
due to General Stewart that the 
Red Hackle came to be worn in 
the flat bonnet on active service 
in this war. It had been worn with 
the helmet in Egypt and India, 
and in the South African War. 
This privileg-e was granted to the 
Black Watch on the occasion of a 
visit of the Prince of Wales to the 
First Battalion after a very daring 
and costly engagement in May, 
1915. On October 12th, 1898, 
General Stewart married Catherine 
Maud, second daughter of the late 
Colin J. Mackenzie, Portmore, 
Peebleshire, by whom he is sur- 
vived. 



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GUNNER ALEX. SUTHERLAND, 
R.G.A. 



PTE. PETER THOMSON, M.M., 
WEST YORKS. 





Gunner Alexander Sutherland, 
R.G.A. , was born at Golspie, 
Sutherlandshire, on May 29th, 
1SS4, and was educated at Golspie 
Public School. At an early age he 
joined the Navy, which he left 
when he was 21. He subsequently 
worked as a miner at Bonnyrigg-, 
Mid-Lothian. At the time of his 
enlistment in the Army he was em- 
ployed on the Perth Corporation 
Tramways. He enlisted on Octo- 
ber 1 6th, 1Q14, and was killed on 
the Somme on August 6th, iqi6. 
He is buried in Peronne Road 
British Cemetery, south of Albert. 
He married Irvina Davidson, by 
whom and 5 children he is sur- 
vived. 



Pte. Peter Thomson, born at 
Scone, 8th Dec, 1878, second son 
of William Thomson, grocer, and 
Jane Smith, his wife. He was edu- 
cated at Scone Public School ; 
wrought as forester on Scone Es- 
tate ; served in the South African 
War ; on the outbreak of the Eur- 
opean War was working- in York- 
shire and joined the West Yorks, 
entering- the trenches at Ypres on 
Christmas Eve, 1914 , was twice 
w-ounded and thrice grassed ; and 
was posted as missing in April, 
iqiS; was awarded the Military 
Medal "for bravery in the field, 
j 017," while a subsequent honour 
was received by his mother after 
his death, "The Bronze Star" 
awarded to all soldiers in the fig-ht- 
ing- ranks 1914-15, 



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L.-CPL. CHARLES JOHNSTON 

TOLMIE, 
19th CANADIAN BATTALION. 



PTE. GEORGE K. WATSON, 
11th ROYAL SCOTS. 





L.-Cpl. Charles Johnstone Tolmie, 
born at Scone on 14th February, 
1890, second son of Alexander 
Tolmie, manager of Scone Branch 
of Perth Co-operative Society, and 
Marion Johnston, his wife. Edu- 
cated at Scone Public School and 
at Perth Academy. Clerk in the 
General Accident Insurance Com- 
pany, Perth ; went to Canada in 
1912; engaged in fruit farming-; 
obtained an appointment as 
draughtsman in the Niagara En- 
gineering Company ; enlisted in 
Canada at the outbreak of war; 
went to France in autumn of 191 5 ; 
was attached to the 4/1 Trench 
Moi-tar Batten-, 19th Canadian 
Battalion ; was killed at Ypres on 
24th June, 1916. 



Pte. George K. Watson, nth 
Royal Scots, son of Mr and Mrs 
James Watson, Stormontfield, was 
born at Stormontfield on May 15th, 
1898. He received his education at 
Stormontfreld School, and was for 
a short time employed in the 
works of Messrs Lumsden and 
Mackenzie. Later he worked with 
his uncle in Glasgow at the em- 
broidery trade. He enlisted at 
Glasg'ow on 12th February, 1917, 
and proceeded to France on 14th 
August of the same year. While 
with his Battalion in the line at 
Paaschendale he contracted blood- 
poisoning and was admitted to the 
36th Casualty Clearing Station, 
and there he died on Jth Novem- 
ber. 1917. He is buried at Zuyd- 
cote British Cemetery, near Dun- 
kirk. 



PTE. WILLIAM WILSON, 
8th SEAFORTHS. 



L.-CPL. JAMES ELVIDGE 

YOUNG, 

1st GORDON HIGHLANDERS. 




Pte. William Wilson, 8th Sea- 
forths, son of Mr and Mrs Win. 
Wilson, Perth Road, Scone, was 
born at Carnoustie on 12th June, 
1899. He was educated at Car- 
noustie and Scone Public Schools. 
He was apprenticed as a joiner to 
Messrs Masterson and M'Gregor, 
Perth, and was employed with 
that firm when he joined the 
Army. He enlisted on 12th June, 
1917. Later in the same year he 
was sent to France. In April of 
the next year while his Battalion 
was holding- the line north of Vimy 
Ridge he was severely wounded. 
On April 24th, 1918, he died of 
wounds at No. 7 Casualty Clearing 
Station, and is buried in Ligny St 
Flochel British Cemetery. 




L.-Cpl. James Elvidge Young, 1st 
Gordon Highlanders, was the son 
of Mr and Mrs James Young, Dal- 
keith House, Scone. He was born 
at Blackheath, London, on 24th 
April, 1884. He followed his 
father's occupation of butcher, 
and was settled in Glasgow at the 
outbreak of war. The war had 
only lasted two or three weeks 
when James Young- enlisted in the 
Scottish Horse. Eager to g-et to 
the scene of action, he secured a 
transfer to the Gordon High- 
landers, and soon joined the 1st 
Battalion in France. Death came 
to him on 30th April, 1916, when 
he was killed in action at St Lloi. 
L.-Cpl. Young- left a wife and two 
children. 



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